Prevention and Cessation
Tobacco use prevention and cessation programs and services are critical to reduce tobacco use in North Carolina, and are key components of comprehensive tobacco control efforts. Education campaigns and access to cessation services like QuitlineNC are becoming even more important as e-cigarette use continues to rise.
NCAH advocates for recurring state appropriations for robust, evidence-based tobacco prevention and cessation programs and services based on CDC’s recommendation that North Carolina should appropriate $99 million for these purposes.
Over the past few years NCAH has successfully begun to restore funding to tobacco use prevention and cessation programs and services.
Increasing taxes on tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, remains a crucial piece of robust tobacco control policy efforts. North Carolina’s current cigarette tax is one of the lowest in the country. Raising North Carolina’s cigarette tax, and its tax on other tobacco products, is essential to reduce tobacco use in the state.
NCAH advocates for an increase in North Carolina’s cigarette tax as well as its tax on other tobacco products to at least the national average.
NCAH was founded to advocate for an increase in North Carolina’s cigarette tax, which was increased by $.35 in 2005.
Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Places
Smoke-free and tobacco-free places protect the public from secondhand smoke exposure. They also motivate tobacco users to quit. NCAH continues to support localities in expanding their smoke-free and tobacco-free policies to the greatest extent possible, given the preemptive policies put in place by the NC General Assembly.
NCAH advocates for evidence-based policies that protect public health by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.
NCAH’s most significant success was the passage of the smoke-free bars and restaurants law in 2009, which made all bars and restaurants in North Carolina smoke-free.
NCAH has helped implement smoke-free policies in other places, including the NC General Assembly building, state government buildings, and local government buildings.
NCAH is seeking to repeal preemption, to allow localities to implement smoke-free and tobacco-free policies that are more restrictive than currently permitted.
In late 2019, the federal government passed a law raising the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. While this law is being implemented in North Carolina, some changes are required to North Carolina’s own youth access law to ensure the effectiveness of raising the age.
NCAH advocates for changes to North Carolina’s youth access law, including establishing retailer licensing.
This campaign is underway in response to the federal change made a the end of 2019.
E-cigarette use, especially by youth, has risen exponentially in recent years. E-cigarettes are categorized as tobacco products in North Carolina. NCAH’s tobacco use prevention and cessation efforts also include specific messaging and focus on the dangers of e-cigarette use.
NCAH advocates for recurring state appropriations for robust, evidence-based tobacco prevention and cessation programs and services to curb the e-cigarette epidemic.
Over the past few years NCAH has successfully begun to restore funding to tobacco use prevention and cessation programs and service, including e-cigarette use.